Why Brighton’s poor away form is masking Chris Hughton’s excellent start

Brighton lost 2-1 to Reading on Tuesday and they have scored just once in five away games.

Chris Hughton has turned Brighton and Hove Albion’s fortunes around since taking over from Sami Hyypia at the turn of the year.

Having been in the Championship relegation zone when the Finn left the club, the Seagulls are now nine points clear of danger after some much improved results in 2015.

Brighton have won five out of the 12 league games Hughton has taken charge of, compared to just three in 22 under the previous regime.

However, despite this upturn in form and results, Brighton’s away record is undermining their resurgence.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Reading was their third defeat in five away from home with Chris O’Grady’s second half penalty their only goal in those games.

It is a marked contrast to their home form which has seen them win their last three games at the Amex Stadium.

Hughton appears to have mastered picking up points at home but away performances are hindering his progress, meaning they are still not quite safe from relegation this season.

Although it is unlikely Brighton will get sucked back into the relegation battle, with the bottom three clubs Wigan, Millwall and Blackpool cast adrift, their away form is a big worry and must be improved upon in their final 10 games.

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